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GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL - Alexandre Desplat

Entertaining ragtag collection of vaguely romanian/gypsy/zither themes with the occasional low male chorus vs. hammond organ-quirky stuff (it's a Wes Anderson movie, after all). Think of Morricone's SICILIAN CLAN or an indefintive number of italian/french 70's score by the likes of Nicolai, de Roubaix or Cipriani as a reference. No score as such, rather a collection of entertaining vignettes, it's quite fun but nothing you really need to listen all the way through.

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It's very impressionistic. Not really thematic - there is one motif really that reminds me a great deal of Goldsmith's Alien theme. It's the kind of score that used to be a great artistic experiment but now you see it as somewhat naive. It has charm, but won't be an easy recommendation for most people. Cute.


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It's very impressionistic. Not really thematic - there is one motif really that reminds me a great deal of Goldsmith's Alien theme. It's the kind of score that used to be a great artistic experiment but now you see it as somewhat naive.


It's not impressionistic. It's steeped in the lyrical modernism of Italian composers like Dallapicola, Maderna and Berio, with a bit of Sessions and Berg thrown in.

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"Dated s-f" sound. It's hard to take it seriously, for similar reasons some people can't stomach his Trek score. But I do like both, as well as his LOTR music. His Helm's Deep kicks major butt!

It's not that much more dated than JG's POTA, Courage and Steiner's ST:TOS music, or other pre-synth sci-fi scores. I also think a lot of the datedness has got to do with the dry as a desert acoustics of the recording. I'd love to hear how the score would sound with a wet, spacious, re-recording. I think the City of Prague are finally up to it (they definitely weren't in the 90s).

There's also the case that since so many now are conditioned by the repetition of (pseudo) minimalism and pop music, any older, wilder, more acrobatic score like this sounds to them dated, silly and overzealous.


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Oldboy. While the score is a disappointment overall and a complete mishmash of different, mutually exclusive, styles, it's hard for me to completely dismiss. There are some bits that are really good, especially this track - I like how it bridges the gap between modern thriller and the more traditional scoring:


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The original score CD has got to be the most out-of-chronological order CD of all time! I mean, the climax of the movie is track #2! And the last track before the end titles is from the very beginning! It's all quite odd. It does kind of work in that arrangement though, and pretty much features all of the highlights of the score.

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You've heard all the recent ones?

His recent work e.g. on Sherlock didn't exactly set my world on fire.

Arnold had such an auspicious start for his career that it is tough to top those big old fashioned orchestral Hollywood extravaganzas in this day and age.

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